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Treat Yo Self with the Official PARKS AND RECREATION Cookbook

Revisiting the small town of Pawnee, Indiana always brings a smile. You get to spend time with all your favorite Parks and Recreation characters, delight in small town antics, and hear about delicious food. Whether it’s Leslie Knope opining about waffles or Ben Wyatt evangelizing on the behalf of calzones everywhere, food is a key part of Parks and Rec. Many important moments happen at JJ’s Diner. So it’s only appropriate that the beloved sitcom gets its very own cookbook. Today Nerdist can exclusively announce Parks and Recreation: The Official Cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa. And you know we have the cover reveal, too.

Leslie Knope on the cover of the official Parks and Recreation cookbook
Smart Pop Books

Ah Leslie Knope, queen and patron saint of waffles—the perfect cover for this collection from Smart Pop Books.

While we do hear a lot about breakfast in Parks and Recreation, this cookbook includes recipes for any time of day. You’ll learn how to make the following recipes, among others:

  • Leslie Knope’s Favorite JJ’s Diner Waffles
  • Eagleton Crepes
  • Ron Swanson’s Meat Tornado Burrito
  • Paunch Burger’s Double Bason Grenade Deluxe
  • Chris Traeger’s Turkey Burger and Literally the Best Salad You’ve Ever Had
  • Stu’s Stew
  • April and Andy’s Most Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ever Made
  • Ben’s Calzones
  • Donna’s Mimosas
  • Marshmallow Ron Swansons
  • Sweetums Sugar Splash Floats

Coming in at over 200 pages with photos, quotes, and a ton of recipes (including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), we expect you’ll get so immersed in Pawnee that you’ll start dreaming about Li’l Sebastian. May he rest in peace (never forget: Sebastian’s in the good place).

Parks and Recreation: The Official Cookbook arrives on June 28, 2022. You have plenty of time to hone those waffle-making skills. Get your preorder in now.

Amy Ratcliffe is the Managing Editor for Nerdist and the author of A Kid’s Guide to Fandom, available now. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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